Full-Time Faculty at College of DuPage Vote No Confidence in President

The union representing full-time faculty members at the College of DuPage, a community college in Illinois, has voted no confidence in the college’s president, the Daily Herald reports. The union’s president said Robert L. Breuder has “contributed to the creation of an environment of turmoil, distrust, fear, and intimidation.”

Relations between full-time faculty and Mr. Breuder have been strained since 2011, when contracts were last negotiated, a college spokesman said. He also pointed out that full-time faculty members constitute only 10 percent of the college’s employees.

The union representing College of DuPage’s 306 full-time faculty members announced Thursday a “no confidence” vote in the leadership of President Robert Breuder, blaming him for helping create “an environment of turmoil, distrust, fear, and intimidation.” But a college spokesman quickly dismissed the vote, citing long-running strained relations between the union and Breuder.

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Berkeley to Block Course Registration of Students Who Skip Sex-Assault Training

Students at the University of California at Berkeley who skipped a mandatory training session on sexual-violence prevention will be blocked from registering for spring classes until they make up the session, the campus’s chancellor told the university system’s Board of Regents this week.

The chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, spoke at a meeting of the regents on Wednesday at which a task force presented a report with recommendations aimed at standardizing policies governing sexual assault across the…


If You’ve Dressed Up as a Polar Bear in Front of Reindeer, Read This

You’re on a research expedition at the North Pole to study reindeer while dressed in a polar-bear suit. You’re hungry, so you pull out a piece of toast you’ve packed for the day. Lo and behold, its shape is the spitting image of Jesus Christ. You rush back to base to tell your research partner (stopping once to let your husky defecate, though he can’t settle on an orientation in which to do so, which is strange). When you get back to base, your partner is unimpressed and says, “That’s not Jesus….


College Presidents Have Authority to Reform Athletics, 3 U.S. Senators Say

Three Democratic U.S. senators sent letters on Thursday to the presidents of the colleges that make up the five major athletic conferences, asking them to complete a survey about the experiences of athletes at their institutions, CBS Sports reports.

Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Cory Booker of New Jersey wrote that they had become “increasingly frustrated with the lack of meaningful progress by the NCAA and its member institutions.” The survey features 21 qu…


Clemson Suspends Sexual-Violence Training After Privacy Complaints

Clemson University has suspended its online Title IX training course after some students protested that it asked questions that were too personal, the Associated Press reports. University officials will review the mandatory training, which deals with preventing sexual violence in the context of the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX.

The course contained a survey that asked questions like “How many times have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?,” and excerpts from it were…


Older Siblings’ College Choices Predict Those of Younger Brothers and Sisters

Report: “The Relationship Between Siblings’ College Choices: Evidence From One Million SAT-Taking Families”

Authors: Joshua S. Goodman, an assistant professor of public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Michael Hurwitz, Jonathan Smith, and Julia Fox, all of the College Board

Organization: Harvard Kennedy School Faculty Research Working Paper Series

Summary: The paper considers the approximately 10 million students who took the SAT in cohorts that graduated …


Professor Accused of Past Sex Abuse Resigns From U. of St. Thomas (Minn.)

A professor at the University of St. Thomas who was accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl more than a decade ago has resigned from the Minnesota university’s faculty, the Star Tribune reported.

The Rev. Michael J. Keating, an associate professor of Catholic studies, was accused of abusing the girl while he was studying to be a priest. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The university announced his resignation this week and posted his resignation letter on its website.

“After careful considerat…


Faculty Senate at U. of Hawaii Votes to Censure System President

Faculty members on the University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus voted on Wednesday to censure the system president, David Lassner, over his firing of the campus’s chancellor, Tom Apple, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports.

The University of Hawaii-Manoa’s Faculty Senate considered strengthening the resolution to express no confidence in Mr. Lassner, but the vote to do so was a tie, which the Senate’s chairman broke in favor of a censure.

Mr. Lassner had been system president for less than a month wh…


Islamic-Studies Professor, Accused of Blasphemy, Is Assassinated in Pakistan

A professor of Islamic studies in Pakistan who had been accused of blasphemy was shot and killed by two unidentified gunmen on Thursday, Reuters reports.

Muhammad Shakil Auj, dean of the faculty of Islamic studies at a university in Karachi, complained to the police in 2012 that four colleagues had texted accusations of blasphemy to him. Mr. Auj was known for his moderate views, writing, for example, that Muslim women should be allowed to marry non-Muslims.

Accusations of blasphemy in Pakistan can lead to indefinite imprisonment, if not immediate lynching, Reuters notes. Judges and lawyers sometimes do not show up for hearings in blasphemy cases, out of fear that describing the charge will lead to their being charged with blasphemy as well.

Another university professor, who taught English, is in jail for blasphemy after students complained about a posting he made on Facebook. His lawyer, a prominent human-rights activist, was shot dead by gunmen in May.

Students at the university where Auj taught held a protest to demand better protection for their teachers. The university will close for three days of mourning, a spokesman said.

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Black Students Graduate With More Debt Than Whites, Study Finds

Black college graduates take on significantly more student debt than do their white counterparts, according to a new study by Gallup.

The study, conducted with Purdue University and the Lumina Foundation, found that half of black students who graduated from 2000 to 2014 reported graduating with more than $25,000 in debt, compared with 34 percent of white graduates who reported that level of debt. According to the study, the gap has remained roughly the same during the past four decades.

The stud…